Since we opened the site we’ve had a lot of interest in how we do things. Instead of repeating answers, we’ve put together this handy FAQ for everyone to read. If we haven’t answered your question here, please feel free to contact us.
- How do your review scores work?
- Can you please explain how to read your review score?
- How are your reviews released?
- Why did you give XX a terrible score? I’m not happy.
- How often are guides updated?
- How long does it take to write a guide?
- I found some mistakes, what do I do?
- I have seen this guide and/or information posted elsewhere, how come?
- How do you capture gameplay footage?
- How do you edit your footage?
- I want to record my own videos, where do I start?
- How can I do this cheaply?, the software and hardware costs too much?
This site started as a small youtube channel which has slowly grown over the years. The channel started out as a hobby channel which operated under a different name, then a year later we decided to open a dedicated channel. From then on the channel started to grow, and so did our ambition. A small group of us got together and worked hard to set up this full website which you see today. The site started off fairly slow but slow gathered the interest of various gamers. The site is a totally free gaming resource which covers all platforms and aspects of gaming. You may not find every single thing you’re looking for, but we’re always looking to expand into new areas.
There are several ways to get involved. We welcome any site promotion what so ever, so spread the word. If you want to become a more core member, you will need to send an author application via the application page. We’re looking for all levels of writers and reviewers, so please don’t hesitate to apply if you’re interested in working with the site.
As we’re a relatively small website, we do our best to cover the latest and greatest, but that’s not always the case. Our guide collection ranges from older arcade games, to newer retail titles. We haven’t covered everything out there, but we’re always writing new guides for either older release titles or new.
With today’s review scores there’s a lot of controversy surrounding ratings. There’s a rather large group of readers who consider titles with less than an 8 or perfect score to be below average and terrible. This is not how we score games, and we use a general scale that’s listed below.
Our scoring system may not be perfect, but it serves to clarify how we rate games.
If you’re someone who follows reviews to build an opinion on if you should avoid, rent, try or buy a title. Then please note that our reviews are our own opinions. Not everyone shares the same opinion.
One thing we would like to state with today’s games and review standards is that the majority of games have bugs. Regardless of scores, there are always going to be bugs or glitches in each game. There’s no such thing as a perfect game. But if run into any serious issues, we will mention them in our reviews. A perfect score doesn’t always mean a game is perfect, but it may have an extremely enjoyable experience, great story, fun gameplay.
Our scores are broken up into sections. Each section gets its own score. All our scores scale from 1-10. As we score each section of the title separately, we end up with an overall score for audio, gameplay, story/writing and so on.
Our overall scores do not affect the final score of our review. The final score we give the title you’re reading about is what we think the game deserves overall. We thought about taking averages into account, but this doesn’t always amount to a fair score.
We apply for our review copies which are then sent to us from either publisher, developer and PR firms. Once we have the title we then play through and write our reviews. Once our review is finished we then hold the review until the embargo lifts. From here the review is released to the public.
Once the review is sent live, we then send a copy of the review to the previously mentioned sources to use.
What we don’t do is send reviews back to sources early for approval. Everything you see and read will remain untouched once the review goes live. We work hard to keep our independence, and having our content edited or altered before release is something we don’t believe in.
If we happen to alter a review due to patches or various other reason, there will be a notice of alternation of the review in question.
Just like you, we have our own opinions on the titles you’re reading into. Not everyone has the same tastes and the reviewers have their own opinions. You don’t have to like what we have to say. You’re welcome to your opinions, just as we are to ours.
Most guides don’t change unless patches and updates alter the game in a way that requires it. Most games won’t patch out methods of earning achievements/trophies so most guides should stay up to date.
If someone changes and we’re aware of it, the guide will related to that game will be updated.
This is very difficult to answer because each guide takes a varied amount of time to write. DLC and small game updates obviously take less time over a full guide.
Some guides take a few hours, where as others take a few weeks. It all depends on the information going in. Once a guide is complete it will then be reviewed and appear on the site within 24 hours of completion.
If there are mistakes or issues with a guide, you can e-mail us via the contact page. We don’t always catch every mistake, we’re only human. But if you do spot something please let us know so we can correct the issue.
Even though we have a dedicated staff, we don’t see it fair to restrict them to just this website. We create the content we do to help others, and allowing our authors to share their content is a must. Some of our authors may wish to post their content on other websites, which is a fair call by the authors as it’s their work they’re sharing. If you happen to come across one of our authors work on another site which hasn’t been posted or approved by the author themselves, please let us know as plagiarism is a serious issue.
Currently we’re using a Elgato Game Capture HD which captures through Elgato EyeTV3.
All of our footage is captured in 1080p, then exported and edited using Final Cut.
Before you decide that you want to record your own videos, there’s a lot to learn about video capture and the hardware needed. We recommend that you learn about basic video editing, then about the hardware needed to capture game footage. Once you understand a little more about the process, you can invest in the hardware/software you need.
If you want quality output you will need to put in the money. There are several cheap alternatives for video editing. There is also several cheap alternatives for cheap hardware. These options aren’t always the greatest due to quality of the components, and quality of the output.